Goal-den Girls ready to walk this way

The Goal-den Girls on a recent training walk
The Goal-den Girls on a recent training walk
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They might have slowed down the pace a touch, but The Goal-den Girls have not slowed down the preparations.

The group of over 50s running are set to tackle a walk – as opposed to a run – this time for their latest challenge.

It was set up in 2010 by 
Tricia Ellis, with the goal of getting women over 50 to run a marathon in the Olympic year.

The club completed the Edinburgh marathon in 2012 and have since gone on to take on other challenges and set up their own annual 10k fun run to raise money for local charities. At the end of August, the Goal-den Girls will start a seven-day hike across the Yorkshire Dales – from Kirkby Stephem to Robin Hoods Bay, taking the Coast-to-Coast route.

They will be walking 114 miles and raising money for Fylde Coast’s Women’s Aid, which helps local victims of domestic violence.

Tricia Ellis, group leader, said: “We have been training for this challenge for the past four months and our longest walk in one day to date is 26.2 miles.

“During the week we are away we will walk over 22 miles per day for three of the days and other days we only walk between 12 and 14 miles.

“Like with every challenge we undertake, we are doing it for charity and we are supporting Fylde Coast Women’s Aid.

“This is an organisation which gets very little recognition, but sadly has a huge 
demand. We hope to highlight their excellent commitment to women and raise some much-needed funds.

“This challenge is more demanding than running a marathon, but we are all well-prepared and keen to get started on our holiday – we really are calling it a holiday.”